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Old 16 May 2008, 15:48   #1
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my new toy! 5.4 Searider

Its covered in antifoul and need of a good jetwash but is really quite sound, and I'm very happy, its an ex saftey boat which was initally owned by the environment agency - had too muck about with trailer settings to get it sat on correctly, thank god for WD40 and big hammers!

many more questions coming, first being whether to reinstate flooding hull bearing in mind I'll initially be using my 2 stroke yamaha 60, any opinions or experinence im all ears!!
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Old 16 May 2008, 15:52   #2
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Congratulations Olly. Look forward to seeing you about in the Solent.

Is that the trailer you used for the SR4?
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Old 16 May 2008, 15:52   #3
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indeed it is andy!! well identified, hayling trailers plug!
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Makes your Subaru look small. I see it's in the standard Battleship grey

What sort of time scale we looking at to get her all ship shape?
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Old 16 May 2008, 15:59   #5
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yeah it totally dwarfs it!! - mad! - Im tempted just to lob my motor on really quick like in a week or two just got get out there with you boys! and tart it up refurb style in the colder months - otherwise I'll do it like my other one and it wont in the water till next year!
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Old 16 May 2008, 16:09   #6
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That's the spirit, if you want any help with stuff, let me know?

I have the cable steering and helm from Kohaku if you have need for it. Was working fine when I took it off a couple of years ago and has been gathering dust ever since, might be more suitable than the SR4 because of the longer length of the morse cable. Free to you, if you want it!

Might I make a suggestion? If you're going to upgrade the console, do it now. Before all the gauges etc go in.
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Old 16 May 2008, 17:11   #7
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Well done Olly! If its the same boat I was watching on ebay then I reckon youve got a snip as there was loads of interest in it. Ofcourse not everyone wants to buy a boat without a trailer but as youve managed to make it happen it should surely pay off.

I think youve got the right idea getting out and using it while the sun is shining and worry about doing it up later:-) Ive got my wee sr4 resto on the go just now and know how long it takes to get all the bits together!

that 4.7 you pointed out looks quite tasty but obviously needs abit of work too - I reckon it will probably go for funny money as its quite a desirable boat as you probably know.

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Cool!

I'd leave the flooding hull blocked- the pickup with the hull blocked is far better.
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awesome boat!!! ive also picked up a new toy Today!!!!!
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So it was you I was bidding against! , maybe we should have a Ribnet warning so we dont bid each other up .
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There's another one on Ebay, one with an outboard
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There's another one on Ebay, one with an outboard
Looks quite familiar
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Great boat - should be fun in the rough!!!
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olly,

how many MPG's do you think u get out of the subaru around town and towing? i've got a 5m rib and have been looking at impreza station wagon.



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it wasnt me you were bidding against!! bought a Jet ski for a bit of summer fun!!
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how many MPG's do you think u get out of the subaru around town and towing? i've got a 5m rib and have been looking at impreza station wagon.



thanks phil
probably around aroud 27mpg i'd say, I do drive in sensibly though and do regular 6 monthly oil changes with synthetic mobil 1 oil as stated in the service book, it doesnt ask for much really, its never missed a beat and I love it - get one and when you do want a rag its great fun! AWD too and removeable towbar - I've upset a boxster owner and a lot of other muppets that give you grief in much more expensive cars

theres alot of imports in the uk now, bit harder to insure as there more powerfull generally, mines a UK Turbo 2000 with a CAT1 installed from the factory, group 17,

You always go for the sport which looks the same just a 2 litre without the turbo and selectable AWD, turbo's as fixed

drop me a PM if you want any advice
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Here is another one on ebay. Interesting looking engine on the back "E-tec" my arse

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Couple of progress pics

looking pretty together now, only snag is throttle/gear cables coming from remote box arnt really as long as I'd like and the steering cable is a bit too long - doh!
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Looking good mate.

Let us know when you're going out testing.

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